The NFU has released a new document, Crowns on Sugar Beet, to explain how crowns are measured and paid for.

The NFU’s William Martin said the document was timely, as crowns this season were likely to be at least as problematic as last year. That was the worst season on record, due to the wide variation in plant growth, which saw the average rise to 10.4%.

The document says different varieties may need different harvester settings to crown the crop consistently. It urges growers to monitor and assess crowns to ensure tare consistency, and advises separating by variety in the clamp.

Copies are being sent to members over the next few weeks.

Sugar beet crowns are set to be as big a problem as last year, says the NFU’s William Martin.